One of the biggest problem in the mobile food industry is the lack of available commercial kitchen space around the country. This Connecticut couple has decided to eliminate this this issue in their community by opening their own.
BRISTOL, CT — It’s just a matter of time, probably a couple of months, before ThymeShare, a culinary center now in Hartford, buys a property in Bristol for its operations hub, according to the owners.
The company was originally looking to rent space at the old Bristol Press building at 99 Main St. to open commercial kitchens and organic gardening spaces, said business co-owner Bruce Hoffman Tuesday. He and his wife and partner, Elizabeth Hoffman decided not to go through with the plan late last year.
“In the eleventh hour, doing our due diligence with contractors, we found more than 2,000 square feet of asbestos and the boiler had been ripped out,” Bruce Hoffman said. “It would have added too much time and additional thousands of dollars to our startup costs, plus we couldn’t put aquaponic gardens in with asbestos, and we had so many clients waiting for us to open.”
They said they didn’t want to put off opening the business, so by the first week of next month, what will be ThymeShare’s “satellite” location, will open in Hartford. That site will cater to local culinary artists wanting to rent out space for cooking and holding culinary events, according to the business’ website.